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1->''"Then I will become the ultimate ruler of this wasteland engulfed with pandemonium!"''²-->-- '''Arkham''', ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 3]]''²²The second and more despicable trope in the unholy trinity of villainous objectives.²²Some villains want to take over to [[WellIntentionedExtremist bring about]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans a better world]], usually with the architect taking over to ensure paradise is brought about smoothly. Other villains want to take over just to [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans make the world worse]], with the architect actively trying to make everyone as miserable as possible.²²And some villains just want to take over.²²Sometimes the catastrophe you engineered to bring yourself to power was not all for the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Greater Good]], nor was it ForTheEvulz. Sometimes, it really was just to get you into power.²²Whether it is to eliminate the competition or to dissuade any future rebellion, you find that [[TakeOverTheWorld World Domination]] is hard to achieve without crossing the MoralEventHorizon, sometimes just because EvilIsEasy. Now, the world might turn out to be a better place with you running the show, but just to be clear -- that's not why you are trying to do it. Nope -- you sacrificed your friends and family, your fellow countrymen (and theirs), and perhaps most of humanity in the name of social advancement. It might turn out to be a CrapsackWorld -- but hey, ''c'est la vie''.²²Total global domination is the most common of all villainous goals. But with this trope, the BigBad takes it too far.\²They will, if they deem it necessary, nearly destroy the world in pursuit of this goal. Power and position are what they are after and they are not particularly fussy about the state of the world insofar as those ambitions go. Ideology and especially morality are secondary, which means examples of this trope are rarely portrayed in a sympathetic light.[[note]]Depending on the scale of the story, the villain need not be out to dominate "the world" specifically. This trope is equally applicable to a villain who's out to take over something smaller. Or frequently in fantasy and sci-fi stories, something ''larger''. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible What's important is that the villain desires this power for its own sake rather than as a means to an end.]][[/note]]²²This is not to say that they will not care what society looks like after they take over, or that they will have no [[VisionaryVillain visions for the future]]. It simply means that power is their primary goal, and they will do anything to achieve that, even sacrifice whatever beliefs they may have. And ultimately, whatever plans and visions they might have for after they attain the power they seek will have the purpose of perpetuating that power. Some of them are vain and petty enough however to care only about them being number one and not willing to accept any form of responsibility which such power would entail. On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, they tend to be very much on the Cynical side. In other words, they may suffer from MotiveDecay when it turns out that the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Utopia]] they promised to build has been sacrificed for the sake of their own personal power. ²²For cases when the created Dystopia really is their endgame, more than power, see DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans. For cases in which the despotism has positive side effects, see PragmaticVillainy. See also AmbitionIsEvil (this mindset requires a certain (read: very high) level of ambition) and ControlFreak (which is essentially this on a smaller scale).²²'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease'''²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Griffith only cares about acquiring power and achieving his dream of running a kingdom, and he will stop at ''nothing'' to achieve it, up to and including [[spoiler:cracking open the Astral Plane and fusing it with the physical world, turning an already CrapsackWorld into a literal HellOnEarth]]. Guts even states outright that Griffith won't stop at just a country; he will ''always'' want more power.²-->'''Gedfryn:''' Does he not spare a thought to what he's doing, the means to his ends?\²'''Guts:''' That's not quite right. For him it's the opposite. The means ''are'' his ends. Getting his just...another step on the way. He seeks to soar to ever-greater heights. That's the Hawk. That's Griffith.²* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': ²** Frieza only cares about staying in power as "the strongest being in the universe" and will wipe out entire races to do so. That's why he seeks out immortality, so he can stay that way forever.²** Everything Cell does throughout the Cell Saga, which includes [[ToServeMan eating 600,000 innocent people]] and killing hundreds of others in cold blood, is solely so he can attain ultimate power. Once he does obtain his power and becomes perfect, his endgame is solely to use it to hunt down and kill every last human on Earth one at a time, [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming savoring their fear and terror as he does so]], and then go to other planets and repeat the process until [[OmnicidalManiac everything's dead]].²** Played with in regards to Goku Black. [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Although he fully believes that he's doing the right thing by destroying the cities to kill all the mortals on Earth]], he isn't happy about all the destruction and mourns how bad the Earth looks as he observes the ruined West City.²* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Though he starts out as a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants to rid the world of all crime, [[VillainProtagonist Light Yagami]] is also in it to become [[AGodAmI the god of the new world he wishes to create]]; over time, MotiveDecay results in him solely focused on feeding his raging God complex.²* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Father decides that his final evil master plan to [[spoiler:bring a god and his power into his body]] is a fine trade for [[spoiler:the 50 million+ souls of Amestris civilians]].[[labelnote:*]]The equivalent of killing off all Canadians and Australians or Californians and New Yorkers and then some (as of 2009).[[/labelnote]] ²* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', [[TheEvilPrince Gihren Zabi]] fully believes this. He's a SocialDarwinist and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler-wannabe, but his own personal power comes first and foremost. To that end, he unleashes [[DeadlyGas chemical weapons]] against the Earth Federation, turns his brother's funeral into a political rally, and cuts off his father, [[NonActionBigBad Sovereign Degwin]], from all true political power, ultimately [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion committing]] {{patricide}}]]. His sister, Kycilia, is more ideological than he is, but given her [[TheStarscream treacherous nature]] and desire for power, it's likely that she too subscribes to this, and like Gihren, there are few lines she will not cross, experimenting on Newtypes, authorising M'Quve's [[NukeEm nuclear attack on Odessa]], and [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion shooting Gihren in order to usurp his position]].]] Though that last ''could'' have been motivated by [[spoiler:revenge for Gihren's murder of their father, because he was in the process of losing the war, or both]].²** Gihren's clone, [[spoiler:Glemmy Toto]] of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'', also subscribes to this trope, nearly destroying Neo-Zeon in his attempts to take it over and reinstate the Zabi dictatorship. Haman Khan, ruler of Neo-Zeon, rival to [[spoiler:Glemmy]] and one-time ally of Scirocco is no better; she had standards and ideals once upon a time, but after a bad run-in with Char Aznable and her own [[MisanthropeSupreme general disillusionment with humanity]] those seem to have gone the way of the dodo bird, and she'll do anything to reassert Zeon's rule of the colonies and the Earth Sphere.²* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Everything Sugou Nobuyuki does throughout the Fairy Dance arc is for the sake of [[AGodAmI making himself a god]], both in ALO and in the real world. This is a key component in his MindControl research and experiments on the 300 SAO players.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':²** ComicBook/LexLuthor has occasionally tried to conquer the world, and unlike Doctor Doom, he usually doesn't care quite so much that the world might be better off under him anyway.²** Mongul rules, or ruled, the planet of Warworld, where [[BreadAndCircuses he held brutal gladiatorial games to distract the people from their miserable, impoverished lives under his dictatorship]]. Originally, he ruled his own homeworld, but was ousted by the native people for his despotic behaviour.²* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem says that The Smiler has no reason to claim the presidency beyond the fact that he wants to be the President. He has no agenda he wants to push, he just wants to be in power. And he's willing to do anything, up to and including murdering his own closest people for extra sympathy ratings, to get there.²* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Torquemada unveils his back-up WeaponOfMassDestruction to destroy all extra-terrestrials at once in the final arc. He {{handwave}}s why he hasn't used it before by admitting to Nemesis that to secure his rule over Termight he needed to keep the Terrans in permanent fear and give them an enemy to fight.²* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'': Pre-Crisis, Doctor Cyber ran an international criminal syndicate dedicated to world domination and was willing to do whatever it took to take over the world.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Fiction]]²* In the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fic ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]]'', Veran openly states that her ultimate goal is to conquer not only Hyrule, but all other lands, including the Sacred Realm itself. Of course, considering the fact that she completely ''destroys'' both Hyrule and Termina over the course of the story, it's obvious that any land she actually succeeds in conquering will be nothing but a barren wasteland. During the final battle, Zelda even [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech points out]] that, despite [[NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist all of her claims of wanting to avenge her fallen people]], it's obvious that all Veran ''really'' wants is to gather power for power's sake, as well as using/abusing said power to kill as many innocent people and cause as much collateral damage as possible ForTheEvulz.²* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'':²** This is part of the reason why Falla was passed over as the next chronofly queen in favor of Luna; as pointed out by their mother, Falla was "too focused on the power to use it properly." Indeed, Falla openly admits that she ''only'' wanted the position for the power, and is perfectly willing to sacrifice her ''own family'' to get it; despite destroying the entire chronofly kingdom and committing genocide of her entire race, sans herself and Luna, all Falla can think of is the crown, even though, thanks to her, there isn't even a kingdom to rule anymore!²** Babylon, the BigBad of Acts V and VI. It's outright stated that all he wants is to conquer TheMultiverse and rule over all worlds as their king. Considering the fact that his minions leave at least two human cities in ruin, and the fact that in Act VI chapter 38, before Complica's ResetButton attempt, he gives the vanguard of his army free reign to RapePillageAndBurn to their heart's content, it's ''very'' clear that he doesn't care what condition the worlds he conquers are in as long as he's the one ruling them.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films --Animated]]²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'':²-->'''[[GeneralRipper General Mandible]]:''' Don't you understand? It's for the good of the Colony!\²'''Z:''' What are you saying? We ''are'' the Colony!!²** A few lines later, Mandible announces that [[UsefulNotes/LetatCestMoi he is the colony]].²* Often seen in {{Creator/Disney}} movies:²** ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Scar isn't interested in anything but being King, and he was quite happy to [[KlingonPromotion murder his brother, try to murder his nephew]], and turn the Pride Lands into {{Mordor}} to do it, although it's implied in the musical that he regrets the last part, especially when it's actually going to cost him his kingship.²** [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula/Morgana]] and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], for example, care nothing for less than becoming ruler, and have absolutely no qualms of [[KlingonPromotion backstabbing their current ruler]], murdering people (or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]], in the case of Ursula), or killing anyone in their way.²** Hades from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' is willing to ally with the destructive forces of nature that the Titans represent and let them turn Earth into a apocalyptic wasteland, as long as they remember who is the top-manager-guy upstairs.²** [[spoiler:Dawn Bellwether]], the real BigBad of ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'' at first appears to be motivated by bigotry, but it gradually unfolds that she's more in it for the power.²--->'''Judy:''' "So that's it?! [[spoiler:Prey fears predator]] and you stay in power?!"²--->'''[[spoiler:Bellwether]]:''' "Yeah. Pretty much."²--->'''Judy:''' "It won't work!"²--->'''[[spoiler:Bellwether]]:''' "Fear ''always'' works."²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'':²** The only thing Prince Charming did with Far Far Away upon conquering it in ''Shrek the Third'' was force everybody to watch a musical he wrote and starred in about what a great person he thought he was. Though to be fair, he only ruled it for a week at the absolute most. Perhaps if his mother was still around (and/or Shrek, Fiona, and their fairy-tale friends weren't around to depose him), he would have been able to come up with some kind of government policy.²** Rumpelstiltskin, the BigBad of ''Shrek Forever After'', takes it even further; in the AlternateUniverse where he rules Far Far Away; the entire city is a derelict, rotting mess of a town, and both Shrek's friends and the ogre population are used as slaves.²* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', Ramseses is portrayed as a more [[AntiVillain sympathetic]] version of this, refusing to be the "weak link" that would destroy their dynasty.²* During his VillainSong in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea'', Laird sings about how he doesn't care if his subjects are starving or overtaxed so long as he gets to be king.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}'': BigBad Durand Durand plans to use the positronic ray that he clandestinely invented to conquer the universe.²* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' features a plot to start WorldWarIII so SPECTRE (or their shady foreign backers) can rule the post-apocalyptic aftermath.²* ''Franchise/StarWars'':²** Palpatine orchestrates a civil war (between two armies of "disposable" soldiers with plenty of civilians caught in the crossfire) and commits a Jedi genocide on his way to becoming the evil Emperor. As he [[EvilIsHammy so delicately put it]], he's just in it for "UNLIMITED POWAHHH!". The tyrannical oppression of TheEmpire isn't an end in itself for him, though being a particularly evil Sith he just can't help himself.²** This is the driving philosophy of Sith Lords in general. Each Sith Lord's main goal in life is to obtain as much power as possible, with the ultimate goal being for the Sith to eventually take over the galaxy. There is no known plan for what they would do ''after'' coming into power, the most important thing as far as the Sith are concerned is simply that they're in charge.²* ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': Hela craves absolute power in the cosmos and cares not whether she will make it a [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans better]] or [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans worse]] place -- all she wants is to rule over others.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Toward the end of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', the protagonist has a conversation with a representative of the oppressive government, who asks him why he thinks the government has gone to such lengths to control people's lives. He says that he supposes it's because they're trying to do what's best for the people; the government representative laughs at him and says that really they did it because they wanted power for its own sake. This then shifts into DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans when he gets onto ''how'' one man asserts power over another: "By making him suffer."²* The main character of ''Literature/{{Perfume}}'' envisions a world where everyone bows to his god-like sense of smell, and he's willing to kill anyone he has to, without remorse, to get it. He is on the verge of succeeding when he gets a taste of what it would be like, and decides that it's not what he wanted after all.²* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' Sauron started out motivated by UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, but while his goal was always to create order, by the time the novel takes place he's suffered MotiveDecay so that his fundamental goal was to perpetuate his own power. He did not, however, fall as far as the ''original'' Dark Lord, Morgoth, who went completely into DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans--while cruelty was a tool for Sauron, it became an end itself for his master.²* Christopher Tolkien in his analysis of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' describes this as Sauron's whole motivation for taking over Middle Earth, unlike his old master Morgoth who became an OmnicidalManiac who wanted to grind the whole world into dust (which still would not satisfy him because the dust would still exist) because he did not create it himself.²* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' the evil god Torak believes that DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans and wants a world bowing down to him in worship and making human sacrifices. His [[TheDragon Dragon]], [[EvilSorcerer Ctuchik]], simply wants to rule the world and is willing to exploit Torak's religion to get what he wants.²* Littlefinger, of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who has been specifically described as willing to burn down the Kingdom if it meant he could rule the ashes.²* Treadwell in David Weber's ''Path of the Fury'' has no real goal beyond becoming Emperor - he even plans on getting freely elected - and he has no qualms about committing ''multiplanetary genocide'' to get it done.²* [[BigBad Lord Voldemort's]] ultimate mindset in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', summed up by the possessed Quirrell at the climax of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'': ''"There is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it."''²* The Lord Ruler in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' was a WellIntentionedExtremist who degraded into this trope over his reign as GodEmperor. While he seized power to [[spoiler:prevent the god Ruin from [[SealedEvilInACan escaping its prison and destroying the world]]]], a thousand years as [[spoiler:SecretKeeper with Ruin itself [[SanitySlippage whispering in his mind]]]] left him so fixated on power that he becomes a [[PersonOfMassDestruction superpowered]] HopeCrusher at the head of a tyrannical, totalitarian regime that deliberately keeps most of its citizens in misery too abject to escape.²* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': Kiloran has no apparent goal beyond becoming the tyrant of Sileria, using increasingly harsh methods to achieve that end.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ²** Varys comments that Littlefinger "would see this kingdom burn if he could be king of the ashes."²** By the season seven finale, Cersei finally understands the threat of the White Walkers, realizes they will march on the lands...and is still willing to let everyone else die rather than do anything that jeopardizes her seat on the throne. ²* Big Jim Rennie, of ''Series/UnderTheDome'', starts to become this towards the end of the first season. It's made clear as early as the pilot that Big Jim wants more power over the closed-off town, though some of his actions throughout the season made him more sympathetic to viewers. However, his [[spoiler:murder of Dodee]] the penultimate episode of season one, combined with his dialogue therein, is proof positive that he'd greatly prefer if the Dome never goes away, so long as he can continue to use mob mentality to manipulate the citizens of Chester's Mill.²* Servalan, the BigBad of ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Although she makes the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans appropriate speeches to justify the Terran Federation's tyranny]], her own schemes are invariably about advancing her own power and some even harm Federation interests.²* Princess Catarina of Artena in the Brazilian series ''Series/DeusSalveORei'', which is not surprising considering she was [[{{Expy}} based on]] Cersei listed above. She aspires to rule over the two greatest kingdoms in the region - her own and Montemor, and is willing to [[spoiler:to stage a war with the king of Montemor so that her kingdom can be conquered, Catarina herself being taken hostage so she can marry him and arrange for his disposal later on, effectively ruling on her own]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]²* Wrestling/{{M|ontelVontaviousPorter}}VP's motivation for investing in Wrestling/{{TNA}} was to take ownership in a company after learning about and failing in the political aspect of wrestling. He became [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Operator Of Wrestling Operations]] and all was good but then he saw Donald Sterling lose ownership of his team, the Los Angeles Clippers, and realized being OOWO still wasn't enough control, he wanted control that he ''knew'' couldn't be taken away...²* Mister Saint Laurent wanted as much control of Full Impact Pro as he possibly could, to the point he actively sought to ruin FIP shows. He even convinced wrestlers booked on FIP shows to join his "[[PowerStable MSL Universe]]" for the sole purpose of cancelling their bookings and putting them on the shows of rival companies until FIP either went under or gave into his demands.[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has the [[AncientConspiracy Seers of the Throne]] work to keep the population from achieving enlightenment, because that means mages out of their control.²* The collectible version of ''TabletopGame/{{Illuminati}}'' offers the Power For Its Own Sake card, changing the goal of the game for its player into simple accumulation of power without regard for the conspiracy's ideology.²* One of the [[PlanetOfHats hats]] of LawfulEvil and sometimes even LawfulNeutral characters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and similar works: the goal is to be the one(s) in charge, and thus impose THEIR will into law. So maybe a few (thousand) innocents die along the way, and MAYBE an ancient civilization is burned to the ground, and okay so the entire plane has been thrown into upheaval because of [[LegionsOfHell who your backup army was]] and [[RageAgainstTheHeavens who your ultimate target was]], but the point is you're the one calling the shots and things are going exactly according to [[TheChessmaster YOUR plan]].²* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the Succession Wars that followed the collapse of the Star League were a mass case of despotism. The rulers of each of the five Successor States wanted to be the ruler of a reborn Star League, and were willing to do ''anything'' to claim the title. The end result was 35 years of total warfare and [[LeaveNoSurvivors war]] [[OrbitalBombardment crimes]] that utterly devastated the scientific and technological base of humanity, leading to LostTechnology and a sharp decline in quality of life across known space, and ended up accomplishing nothing in the end beyond a total stalemate. Another [[ForeverWar two hundred years of war]] followed a brief interlude.²* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': While every person who falls to Chaos has a different motive (some genuinely want to reform the corrupt and dying Imperium, some want to make their lives better, some want to save their families...), in the end those who don't go insane pretty much all angle for ascension to daemonhood, becoming immortal and carving out their own corner of the Warp as their personal playground for eternity.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theatre]]²* In ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' when uncle Claudius poisons his brother the King and marries his wife. Aside from getting most of the main characters killed, he's not really a bad king.²* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', a loyal general that murders the King to replace him.²* And the title character of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' (in ''Shakespeare,'' no matter what you think of his RealLife counterpart) kills a great many people in order to become King of England, but is at a loss for what to do once he gets there (other than killing ''more'' people so he can ''stay'' there).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'': Baron Praxis will do anything to stay in power as ruler of Haven City, up to and including [[MonsterProtectionRacket bribing]] the Metal Heads to attack the city so he can justify his brutal, fascist rule as necessary.²* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Eggman seems to have this attitude towards his world conquest schemes. The BadFuture levels of ''VideoGame/SonicCD'' are nothing but derelict, post-apocalyptic ruins, the opening of ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' has him use a WaveMotionGun to ''crack the Earth open'', and in ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', when he makes his move after Sonic takes out the Deadly Six, he remarks that, while it's a pity that the Six have largely destroyed the world below, at least there's still enough of said world left for him to conquer. It's taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', where he's plotting to ''completely annihilate Sonic, all his friends, and possibly everyone else who isn't on his side [[spoiler:'''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by dropping an artificial star on them]]''''']] in order to retain control of the world.²-->'''Eggman''': The world will be nothing but ashes, [[InTheirOwnImage from which a glorious Eggman Empire will rise!]]²* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'', for all Andrew Ryan's rhetoric about freedom, he certainly ended up resorting to a lot of totalitarian tactics. Up to and including political murder, kidnapping and slavery, and MindControl. It's a pretty serious case of in-story MotiveDecay.²** In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}'' we discover that he was also quite willing to subvert his economic views just as willingly to keep his powerbase from crumbling.²** This was also mentioned in one of the first game's audio diaries. His decision to put a presumed dead rival's business under government control (his control) prompted a formerly loyal aide to (unsuccessfully) assassinate Ryan.²** The novelization suggests Ryan's rhetoric was easily misunderstood: the core of his personal identity was that of the entirely self-made man who had never been helped by anybody and who had earned everything he could seize. In his view, freedom equated with survival of the fittest - which he clearly was. So as in a free society nobody could ever threaten his rule, threats were a sign outside forces were oppressing the people, including him. (He did also ridiculously screw up in assuming going underwater would minimize labor and lead to post-scarcity, of course.)²* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series has [[GodIsEvil YHVH]], who maintains the [[CrapsackWorld crapsack status]] of the SMT universe at large by involving everyone on his side, be it angel, Messian or ''whoever'', in a ForeverWar with Lucifer out of an all-consuming desire to create a "perfect world" - [[WorldOfSilence a world where people can't do wrong]]. Not a world where they won't... [[EmptyShell they simply]] ''[[TheEvilsOfFreeWill can't]]''. A world where he can rule, forever and ever...²* The antagonists of ''VideoGame/Persona5'' all have this objective, to varying degrees, and they are willing to commit numerous atrocities and injustices in the name of protecting their positions or gaining more power. The most clear-cut example of this is [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido, a politician who seeks to become Prime Minister by absolutely any means necessary, up to and including destroying anyone who ever slights him or seems to pose a threat. His Palace is a Cruise Ship sailing over a sinking country, showing how his deepest desire is to stay afloat even if the entire nation around him is sinking.]]²* [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser's]] ultimate goal in all ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games is to rule over the whole world. In most games, he aims to rule the Mushroom Kingdom by forcing Princess Peach to marry him, but in the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' series and ''VideoGame/YoshisIslandDS'', he aims to rule the universe. To be fair, in the RPG games, it's made clear he also has a weird crush on Peach. Anyway, ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' shows what he will do with the Mushroom Kingdom once he has it: Turn it into a classic World 8 LethalLavaLand, much like his home kingdom.²* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Arcturus Mengsk let the Zerg kill off the oppressive Confederacy, so he could create his ''[[TheEmpire Terran Dominion]]''.²* The agenda of Majestic 12 in the first ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is to achieve global dominance by showing themselves as the only force capable of ending crucial problems. [[spoiler:Problems they created for this exact purpose, including bio-engineered virulent disease, economical collapse, supporting terrorism and widespread narcotics use]].²* This seems to be the primary goal of Handsome Jack in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. He plans to use an alien superweapon to conquer Pandora (and eventually entire galaxies) despite the fact that as the president of the most powerful MegaCorp in the game he's already at a position of nigh-untouchable power.²* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', one of the villain races of the fourth expansion, [[AbusivePrecursors The]] [[LivingStatue Mogu]], have this motivation. This in contrast to fellow villain races, the [[EldritchAbomination Sha]] who want to [[TheCorruption corrupt]] or [[OmnicidalManiac kill everyone]], and the [[BeePeople Man]][[ProudWarriorRaceGuy tid]] who seek to become stronger as a race, via {{training from hell}} and [[SocialDarwinist the culling of their weak]], to better serve their [[GodofEvil Old God Master]]. Nope, clearly they just want to be the ones in charge, and consider every other race to be [[FantasticRacism unfit to rule and that they should be enslaved]], even tough [[GenreBlind many of them have proven to be strong enough to fight them in equal standing]]. Even within their own society, this ideology is what drives them, and for a ruling dynasty to be replaced requires an aspirant to succesfully perform a {{Klingon Promotion}} on them.²** However it seems that the Mogu got this as an in-universe example of {{motive decay}}, because the founder of their empire, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Thunder King Lei Shen]], had another justification to enslave other races and build his empire through unholy means, and his succesors didn't quite understand (willingly or not) what he was trying to do. See his entry under {{Blue and Orange Morality}} for more details.²** This is also why Kil'jaeden found Gul'dan a more useful pawn to control the orcs than Nerz'hul. While Nerz'hul had to be tricked and manipulated into attacking the draenai (because his main motivation was to protect his people), Gul'dan only wanted more power, so Kil'jaeden didn't have to mince words over what he wanted.²* Depending on your own motivation and how you treat the minor factions, choosing the Independent route in ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' can go this way. The NCR, Legion and House all try to build a world according to their own vision, whereas the player may want to steal House's position and screw over the other groups simply because they want to be in charge.²* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': ²** The Ur-Didact's primary goal is to restore the Forerunners' former glory, and ensure that they alone wield the Mantle of Responsibility. By eliminating not just the Flood, but humanity too. [[spoiler:This is due in part of his MindRape by the Gravemind.]]²** The High Prophets of Truth, Regret, and Mercy commanded the Covenant Empire to wipe out humanity, because they found out that humans are the rightful inheritors of the Forerunners' legacy, and this revelation would shatter the Prophets' rule over the Covenant. They are willing to glass entire worlds to eliminate every last human, and have no problem in disposing of their own forces, or backstabbing each other.²* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': [[spoiler: [[BigBad Carla Radames]]']] ultimate goal with the C-Virus outbreaks is simply to wipe out civilization completely and rule over the [[ChaosIsEvil chaos that remains]].²* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':²** ''Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening'': Arkham's entire plot is nothing more than to steal Sparda's power for himself and become a god. He previously sacrificed his own wife in a ritual for power to this end.²** ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry5'': [[BigBad Urizen]] only cares about gaining power, and if he has to unleash a blood-sucking demon tree upon the human world and slaughter an entire city full of humans to get it, then so be it. This ends up biting him in the ass; Dante is ultimately able to defeat Urizen because he actually fights to protect others and those he cares about, whereas Urizen just wants power for power's sake.²* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Ganondorf's goal is to rule the entire world by obtaining the [[CosmicKeystone Triforce]] to give him the power to do so. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' later expands upon this: [[spoiler: He originally envied the Hylians for their lush green lands while his people, the Gerudo, were forced to be DesertBandits, so he devised a plan to take over Hyrule with the Triforce. But eventually, his lust for power overtook his original desires, leading to him commanding hordes of monsters and demons in his bid for power.]]²** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': After defeating [[TheUsurper Zant]], Midna outright spells it out for him that this trope is why he was passed over for the Twilight Realm's throne in favor of her: because he ''only'' wanted the throne for the power.²-->'''Midna''': Traitors, ha! You want to know why none would call you king? It was your eyes, Zant. All saw it, a lust for power burning in your pupils... Did you think we'd forget our ancestors lost their king to such greed?²* Everything [[BigBad the Grandmaster]] from ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' does is only to satisfy his inmense overblown ego and ambitions of [[AGodAmI godhood]], humanity be damned. He took over the world, but felt entirely unsatisfied because he wanted ''everyone on the planet'' to accept his rule, something practically impossible due to those who openly opposed him and those who weren't civilized enough to understand him. So what did he decided to do? [[DepopulationBomb incinerate all life on the planet]], [[DeathOfTheOldGods the "Sons of Old Gods"]], [[CreatingLife then use his life-creating powers to repoblate the planet with a new human race]] which would all worship him as a [[AGodAmI New God]]. ²** And then, it gets ''worse''. At some point his plans succeed and, 2000 years later in ''Strider 2'', the world is inhabited by a new, artificial humanity which worships him as their Creator. What does he do once he awakes in this world, after a two-millenia sleep? He finds [[CrapsackWorld its corruption and decadent state]] so beyond repair that he simply decides to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the planet]] and leave to find a new planet to start the process all over again.²* In ''[[Videogame/{{DEFCON}} DEFCON - Everybody Dies]]'', you play as a NonEntityGeneral in a nuclear command center at the start of an escalating war. Your goal is to ensure the communists/capitalists/whatever [[YouNukeEm die in a nuclear fire]], leaving your country as the only power left in the world. In the "Diplomacy" mode, everyone is in an alliance at the start as it breaks down, leading you to backstab your allies. "Genocide" scoring grants points to whoever has the [[BodyCountCompetition highest bodycount]], without the usual score penalty for losing your own cities.²* A rare main character example in ''[[Videogame/ThreadsOfFate Threads of Fate]]'' with Mint's main goal being world domination. She never elaborates on what she would do with the world, but we do know she wants to go back to her former princess life and get back at her sister for taking her place as the heir.²* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has Urien, the younger brother of [[BigBad Gill]]. While Gill is a WellIntentionedExtremist, Urien simply wants to acquire power for himself and rule over the world with an iron fist.²* The [[GodOfEvil Dark Powers]] in ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' are motivated mainly by a desire to be the shaper and de facto ruler of the next world. Since there's three of them and only ''[[AllOrNothing one]]'' Elder Power can do this per cycle of the universe, this puts them at each others' throats as much as it pits them against the forces of Good. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[ Monique declares she will do this.]]²* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''²** [[EvilTwin Nale]]. In contrast to his happy-go-lucky brother [[ChaoticGood Elan]], [[LawfulEvil Nale]] wants to rule an empire so that everyone knows how clever ''he'' is. Also, the bigger and more extravagant his victory, the better. [[PragmaticVillainy Tarquin]] even notes that Nale's not really concerned with anything other than sating his own ego.²** [[spoiler:Elan's father]] Tarquin plays with this. He initially tries a UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans argument on [[spoiler:Elan]], but his actual behavior indicates this justification is mostly academic. He certainly likes being ruler of an empire ([[spoiler:well, three empires really, but still]]) just for the power and wealth it brings him, but that's not really his entire, nor even his primary, motivation. [[spoiler:He thinks his ChaoticGood son, [[TheDitz Elan]], is a hero of great standing. Like his son, [[NerdInEvilsHelmet Tarquin]] is incredibly GenreSavvy and "knows" his son will come to overthrow the EvilOverlord, namely [[ArchnemesisDad Tarquin]], because that is [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality what would happen in heroic fantasy narratives]]. As such, Tarquin's despotism is not primarily for himself, but rather because it's what he thinks he's supposed to do. Outside of his role as the BigBad EvilOverlord to Elan's role as TheHero, he has no identity. Unfortunately for him, Elan is not TheHero, and Tarquin is not the BigBad.]]²** Daimyo Kubota is a pretty extreme example: he schemes to take Lord Shojo's place as ruler of Azure City, even after [[spoiler:the city falls to Redcloak's army and is evacuated]] -- apparently [[EvilIsPetty a now meaningless title is still worth killing for to him.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* This is the motivation of [[BigBad Fire Lord Ozai]] of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', in contrast to his WellIntentionedExtremist grandfather [[PredecessorVillain Sozin]] who believed that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. To drive the point home, he relinquishes the title of Fire Lord to his daughter [[TheDragon Azula]] and declares himself the [[GodEmperor Phoenix King]].²* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':²** Unalaq is also driven by lust for power. He underhandedly got his brother banished from the Northern Water Tribe so he could become chief, and later manipulated said brother's daughter, [[GodInHumanForm the Avatar]] repeatedly in order to further his goal: [[spoiler:to become the Avatar of Vaatu, [[GodOfEvil spirit of evil]], and rule the entire world.]]²** The Earth Queen is the complete opposite of [[TheGoodKing her father]], being a greedy tyrant who taxed her citizens to oblivion to fund her lavish lifestyle, undid all the progress that her father did (believing that Aang openly exploited his weak-willed nature) and is not above exploiting her power to create a secret army of airbenders. [[spoiler:Her tyranny is ended by Zaheer, who as a BombThrowingAnarchist is the most unlikely type of person to be intimidated by her.]]²* Eric Cartman from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' performs all sorts of heinous acts for the sole purpose of uprooting [[SmallNameBigEgo his own ego]] by taking control of either the school or the hometown, whether it's manipulating [[ScareEmStraight fear-induced]], religious devotion in order to make $10,000,000 in "Probably", slandering segments of the student body to become class president in "Dancing With Smurfs", or making money off of crack babies in "Crack Baby Athletic Association".²* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Sonic SatAM}}'' incarnation of Dr. Robotnik flirts between this and DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans. While the "Blast to the Past" two-parter showed that Robotnik took pleasure in the polluted wasteland he was about to create, in the present, he seems to be mostly concerned with being the one ruling over Mobius.²* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' gave us Nightmare Moon who wanted to rule because [[IJustWantToBeSpecial she felt unappreciated]], Discord who wanted to rule so he could [[RealityWarper tear shit up]], and Queen Chrysalis who wanted to rule to [[EmotionEater feed herself and her subjects]], and then it gave us Tirek who firmly fit this trope. He wanted to drain the magic out of every single pony in the world, both making him absurdly powerful as well as giving him full control over weather, seasons, plant life, and basically ''everything'' the ponies do ([[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows since they can't do it any longer]]). He seemed to have no grand plans above and beyond "Get power, get control, ????? PROFIT!!!"²[[/folder]]²²[[noreallife]]²²----


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